Interaction Between Neighborhood Change and Criminal Activity, 1950-1976: Los Angeles County (ICPSR 9056)

Published: May 27, 1998

Principal Investigator(s):
Solomon Kobrin; Leo A. Schuerman

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This study was conducted in 1979 at the Social Science Research Institute, University of Southern California, and explores the relationship between neighborhood change and crime rates between the years 1950 and 1976. The data were aggregated by unique and consistently-defined spatial areas, referred to as dummy tracts or neighborhoods, within Los Angeles County. By combining United States Census data and administrative data from several state, county, and local agencies, the researchers were able to develop measures that tapped the changing structural and compositional aspects of each neighborhood and their interaction with the patterns of juvenile delinquency. Some of the variables included are annual income, home environment, number of crimes against persons, and number of property crimes.

Kobrin, Solomon, and Schuerman, Leo A. Interaction Between Neighborhood Change and Criminal Activity, 1950-1976: Los Angeles County  . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998-05-27.

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United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (78-NI-AX-0127)


Defined spatial areas, referred to as dummy tracts or neighborhoods, were selected for sampling.

Neighborhoods within Los Angeles County.

(1) Los Angeles County tax, probation, and voter registration records, (2) Los Angeles Police Department juvenile and criminal offense records, (3) California State county-level records on mobility and mortality, and (4) 1970 U.S. Census of Population and Housing

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1998-05-27 The logical record length data have been reformatted, excess decimal zeroes were deleted, and the corresponding SPSS data definition statements revised. Also, SAS data definition statements have been prepared, and a machine-readable codebook is now available as a Portable Document Format file.

1984-03-18 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.